High Court to Rule on Mityana Woman MP Election Petition on Friday

Justice Emmanuel Baguma on Wednesday issued the notice that the judgment will be delivered on Friday, October 22.
MP Bagala with her lawyer after court at Mubende 1
The High Court in Mubende will on Friday deliver its judgement in the election petition in which the Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba is challenging the election of Joyce Bagala for the Mityana District Woman Seat.      

Justice Emmanuel Baguma on Wednesday issued the notice that the judgment will be delivered on Friday, October 22.

Nabakooba sued Bagala as well as the Electoral Commission – EC on accusations of failing and neglecting to ensure secure conditions necessary for the conduct of the election when registered voters were variously threatened and failed to exercise their right to vote freely or at all.   

She alleges that EC’s presiding officers connived with Bagala and her agents to execute a well-organised scheme, procure prohibited persons to vote, facilitate impersonation of voters, multiple voting by unauthorized persons, voting by unregistered persons.

Bagala a candidate of the Opposition National Unity Platform – NUP trounced Nabakooba a candidate of the National Resistance Movement – NRM party in the January 14 polls with a margin of 16,000 votes.

Bagala, through her lawyers, denied any wrongdoing saying that the elections were free and fair.     Justice Emmanuel Baguma has also issued notice for the Mityana North election petition judgement. Dr Gordon Katende Sematiko dragged his rival Muhammad Nsegumire Kibedi jointly with the Electoral Commission - EC over election violence and alleged voter bribery.     

Dr Sematiko contends that he was informed that Kibedi held campaign meetings in different areas and that after seeking votes, he would pull out money in different denominations and bribe voters. He alleges that the presiding officer and polling agents colluded with Kibedi and changed the votes polled by him at Kalangalo Church of Uganda polling station.

It is alleged that on the polling day, Kibedi armed with a pistol, commanded a group of muscular men moving in motor vehicles to several polling stations intimidating voters of any other persons other than Sematiko.

Sematiko separately said that he came to court to challenge the election results because the process was marred by bribery, defamation and falsification of documents. 

The same court will also deliver judgment in the case of Ronald Sekajja against Yoweri Joel Ssebikaali and EC challenging election results for Ntwetwe County Constituency.

Through his lawyers, Sekajja is challenging the election of Ssebikaali citing a lack of requisite academic documents.